It's a way to keep women and minorities, who make up a disproportionate percentage of the poor, from getting ahead. What better way to make it harder to advance in the workplace, go to school, all the things that help get ahead, than have a baby? It's a huge financial burden. The cost of childcare, higher education, medical care, are all huge. And programs to alleviate some of that burden, which actually cost the taxpayers less in the long run, are opposed by the GOP. IT SAVES MONEY, but they oppose them. The fact of the matter is that white men do not want real equality. They have seen the way women and minorities are treated, and they don't want to be treated the same way, i.e. equally. They don't want to have to compete for jobs and promotions. They are afraid of losing their privilege.